What is the role of radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2021
  • Author: Charles E Morgan, DMD, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Temperature-controlled radiofrequency tissue ablation (TCRFTA) is performed by submucosally delivering low-power electrical energy with a needle electrode. [11] This procedure has been proposed to improve airway patency with less morbidity than that of traditional surgical approaches to OSA. The surgery has been used in the tongue base and in the soft palate, and sometimes in both in the same setting. This procedure can be performed in the clinic with local anesthesia. Multiple treatments may accomplish the desired result.


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